A Jewish Woman Devouring Her Child during the Siege of Jerusalem

Unknownabout 1413 - 1415

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Boucicaut Master often included witnesses to the events he depicted: here two men observe a horrendous, cannibalistic act through a window. A Jewish woman named Mary eats the hand of her child, whom she had killed and roasted. When the Romans beseiged Jerusalem in A.D. 70, leading to a terrible famine, hunger had supposedly led to acts of desperation. The miniature follows a discussion of the siege and prefaces a text that speaks against Jews, whose tribulations were believed to be the result of their failure to accept Jesus as the Messiah. Boccaccio states that, just as the Jews captured Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, so the Romans captured the Jews' holy city.

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  • Title: A Jewish Woman Devouring Her Child during the Siege of Jerusalem
  • Date Created: about 1413 - 1415
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: w29.6 x h42 cm
  • Type: Folio
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=112369
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Unknown
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: War


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